Thursday, October 2

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B.J. Novak

*SOLD OUT* Ticket Information

B.J. Novak reads from The Book with No Pictures

Co-sponsored by 826 Boston

This event includes a book signing – see guidelines below.

*SOLD OUT* $21 Tickets on sale now at and include admission plus one copy of The Book with No Pictures; $5 tickets also available for kids <16 (book not included). Unable to attend? Order the book(s) or pre-order a signed copy from Harvard Book Store. No Brattle Passes.

Harvard Book Store and 826 Boston welcome back actor, writer, and humorist B.J. NOVAK for a reading from his first book for kids, the innovative The Book with No PicturesTickets go on sale online only at on September 9 at 9am.

You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except… here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say…


Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.

Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)

Signing Guidelines:

  • B.J. is primarily signing The Book With No Pictures
  • For every copy of The Book With No Pictures purchased, B.J. will sign one copy of his previous book, One More Thing
  • Personalizations only for The Book With No Pictures
  • No memorabilia; this is a book signing only
  • No posed photos, no flash photography

B.J. Novak is well known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an writer, actor, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. Novak’s collection of short stories One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (Knopf) was published earlier this year to rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review called it “Hugely pleasurable…droll and smart in spades, but often humane and vulnerable, too…” The Washington Post called Novak “a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.” He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature.